Christian French tourist beaten on Temple Mount for raising Israeli flag

Tourist may face legal charges for "disturbing public order."

August 4, 2015 16:44
1 minute read.
Temple Mount attack

Tourist attacked at Temple Mount. (photo credit: ARAB MEDIA)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A Christian tourist from France who was beaten by Muslims on the Temple Mount Tuesday morning after raising an Israeli flag near al-Aksa Mosque may face legal charges for incitement and disturbing the public order at the contested holy site.

According to police spokeswoman Luba Samri, the attack took place shortly after visiting hours for non-Muslims commenced.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

When the 35-year-old man removed the flag from his bag and raised it, four Muslim men attacked him, leaving him bloodied.

The four assailants were detained, and the tourist was treated at the scene for a light head wound and then escorted off the compound by police and detained for questioning.

He may face legal charges for incitement, Samri said, adding that visiting hours resumed after the assault without further incident.

Tuesday’s unrest comes amid markedly heightened tension on the Temple Mount following a Sunday riot there by dozens of Muslim youths, who threw rocks and firebombs at police to protest the murder of a Palestinian infant in the West Bank village of Duma.

Tensions were also exacerbated during Tisha Be’av last month when hundreds of Muslims staged a riot in an effort to prevent Jewish visitors from ascending the mount on the day of mourning.


Although the Supreme Court has upheld Jewish prayer rights at the Temple Mount – which is overseen by the Wakf Muslim religious trust – the court allows police to prevent any form of worship there if they believe such activities will incite a “disturbance to the public order.” Apart from forbidding open displays of Jewish prayer, expressions of Israeli nationalism are deemed to be a form of incitement and have resulted in detention and arrests.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

October 21, 2018
Jordan terminating peace treaty annexes start of a process, not the end